City offers free emergency training

SAN MARCOS — City officials are encouraging residents to enroll in the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training course. This free training will be held on 10 consecutive Saturdays from Jan. 17 to March 21. Classes run from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
The CERT course curriculum covers topics including emergency preparedness, fire safety, emergency medical operations for one or multiple victims, light search and rescue operations, terrorism and disaster psychology. A disaster simulation drill will also be part of the training.
“Following a major disaster, police, fire and medical professionals may not be able to fully meet the demand,” San Marcos Emergency Operations Coordinator Scott McClintock said. “People will have to rely on each other to meet the immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from the main roads for a period of time. This kind of training will help people help each other until the professionals can arrive.”
Visit www.sanmarcoscert.org or call (760) 744-1050, ext. 3405 to learn more and register.

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